Simple Pasta Carbonara

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Serve straight away, as the pasta can become a bit stodgy if left in the pan for too long.

Nutty Stuffed Chicken with Balsamic Roast Peppers

From: Four Live

Tastes collide, smiles all round.

Braised Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spring Onions, Baby Gem and Peas

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

True comfort food in a matter of minutes; that's what this dish is all about. Crispy chicken in a white wine sauce with wonderful braised greens and a pop of zesty citrus freshness; it really doesn't get better than that for a speedy midweek supper.

Rocky Road

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

Donal's rocky road from the Kitchen Hero: Christmas Special!


From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This wonderful spiced rice and egg dish from colonial India makes for a rather different breakfast. Keep an eye out for undyed smoked haddock - many fishmongers and supermarkets now stock it and the flavour is far superior.

Margarita Chicken with Smoky Avocado Corn Salsa

From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

This recipe is all about big, bold flavours and is one of my absolute favourite summer dishes. It's perfect for the BBQ, but if the weather doesn't hold up, a griddle pan will do just fine. This is lovely on a plate, but if you wanted, you could toast up some tortilla wraps in the pan and then serve slices of the chicken with the salsa and a generous dollop of sour cream.

Honey Roast Smoked Salmon with Crispy Potato Cakes and Asparagus Curls

From: Kitchen Hero: Donal's Irish Feast

This is my version of Eggs Benedict which is a poached egg served on a crispy potato cake that gets baked in the oven slice of brioche and a warm butter sauce, which is much lighter than Hollandaise. It is also fantastic served with slices of hand carved cooked ham or crispy bacon.

Nettle Soup

From: Kitchen Hero: Rediscovering The Irish Kitchen

This soup is a great favourite in the spring when the nettles are young. Nettles are full of minerals and vitamins which purify the blood. In the country, nettle tea was also drunk, made by pouring boiling water over chopped nettles, boiling for about 15 minutes, then straining and adding milk and sugar. This was often given to children who had measles. It is said to have been a favourite of St Columcille. Nettle soup is still served in some hotels in Ireland; this recipe is from Declan Ryan, who was chef-proprietor of the much-starred Arbutus Lodge, Cork - sadly no longer in existence. Use gloves and a scissors when cutting the nettles. Do not gather them from sprayed verges or after the end of May as they will be too tough.

Apple Strudel Cake

From: Kitchen Hero: Great Food for Less

A treasure from my Christmas Special visit to Austria!


From: Kitchen Hero: HomeCooked

Florentines are rich and decadent and very simple to make at home. They make a perfect edible gift for Christmas.


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